Date: 9th November 2017 at 9:14am
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The result was immaterial to Bradford City in the Football League Trophy Tuesday night, win, lose or draw we were through to the knock out stages due to our wins over Chesterfield and Manchester City in the opening 2 games of the group. The hard work was already done. Rotherham needed a win for any chance to progress, and win they did, which means the Millers now rely on Man City winning on Penalties against Chesterfield in the final group game to progress.

To be honest, I couldn’t care less for the result, I will give Rotherham that one easily, but my concern is by the margin we lost. Failing to score and conceding 3 goals is always a bit of a shameful result at home against a team at your level, but I will be quick to add, the Bantams were not the only ‘top’ team to lose by a large margin, Wigan at home to Accrington Stanley lost 0-4, but we all know these results don’t reflect the true standing of any of the teams in the competition.

We’re through, but how about the rest of group F?
As it stands, City are on 6 points, Rotherham 4, Chesterfield 3 and Man City 2. Goal difference respectively are 0, 2, -1 and -1.

There is 1 game left, Chesterfield home to Man City.

If Chesterfield win 1-0, they will be joint top but 2nd in the ranking to Bradford due to City scoring 1 more goal, if Chesterfield win by 2 goals or more, then they will top the group and City will progress as runners up due to goal difference. If the game ends in a draw, each team will get a point and then penalties, the winner will then take a further point, so if Chesterfield win on penalties, they end up 2nd with Rotherham relegated to 3rd, but if Man City win on Penalties the Millers will still finish 2nd due to a better goal difference, but if Man City win, they will finish 2nd behind the Bantams, so a lot riding on the final group game.

A couple of records for the notebooks
Reece Staunton became the youngest Bantam to represent the club in a first team competitive match at 15 years and 332 days old. He was born during a City run of 1 win in 9 games which also boasted a single draw. Coincidentally that sole win was against Rotherham United, 3-1 back in December 2001, a game where both current managers played for their respective clubs that afternoon.
The attendance has set a new lowest at Valley Parade for a competitive first team match. Scroll down if you really want to know what it was.

Half Time City 0-3 Millers
Jerry Yates (17), Jonson Clarke-Harris (pen 31), Richard Towell (45)
Full Time City 0-3 Millers

Card watch
No City players booked.

Ref watch
Robert Lewis was given his 9th game to referee this season, the 2nd in the trophy. Lewis only handed out 1 yellow card to Rotherham’s Richard Towell giving a card total of 26 yellows and 1 red this season.


Line ups
Bradford City
Rouven Sattelmaier, Adam Thompson, Tyrell Robinson, Thimothee Dieng (82 Jake Maltby), Daniel Pybus, Daniel Devine, Alex Laird, Dominic Poleon (74 Reece Staunton), Shay McCartan, Jordan Gibson, Patrick Omari (64 Ellis Hudson)

Rotherham United
Lewis Price, Joshua Emmanuel, Joe Mattock, Emmanuel Onariase, Akeem Hinds, Anthony Forde (81 Reece McGinley), Jon Taylor (62 Alex Bray), Richard Towell, Ben Wiles, Johnson Clarke-Harris (74 Joshua Kayode), Jerry Yates

2017/18 City Scorers
7 – Charlie Wyke
5 – Alex Jones
4 – Dominic Poleon, Romain Vincelot
3 – Patrick Omari
2 – Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Paul Taylor, Matt Kilgallon
1 – Shay McCartan, Jacob Hanson, Tony McMahon, Adam Thompson, Alex Gillead

Upcoming fixtures
Plymouth Argyle (A) Sat 11th Nov
Wigan Athletic (A) Sat 18th Nov
Scunthorpe United (H) Tues 21st Nov
Shrewsbury Town (A) Sat 25th Nov
Plymouth Argyle (H) Sat 2nd Dec

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